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The Institute: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Santino Fontana

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: September 2019

Duration: 19 hours 0 minutes



From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.


  • Doreen B.

    The King is dead. I found this book boring and contrived.More a vehicle to push his political angst.... I get enough of that from the news. I will not purchase another book from Mr. Stephen King, unless he wants to go back to being a horror writer and not a political analyst.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

  • Nikki L.

    I absolutely loved this book. I would love to see a movie or netflix adaptation. The narrator was wonderful. Kept my attention through the whole book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.

  • Tobias B.

    As always, King doesn’t disappoint. This is a good book and I found it hard to put down. The narrator did an excellent job and it took about five minutes to wheel me in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • William F.

    It was good but I was hoping it would tie in more with the world of the Ggunslinger. Thought these kids would be the counterparts to the ones used to try and break the tower!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • craig specht

    this was a fascinating book! Stephen King as usual did it again. The narrator did a great job

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Debra R.

    I kept thinking about this as part of what King started with in Firestarter, which I've only seen the movie. It is a great story athough a bit sad and I will admit it got me in the feels a few times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • MTCowGirl

    Loved this book ! Kept me in suspense. Will definitely recommend it.

  • Jennifer C.

    A modern masterpiece.

  • Jamail R.

    I enjoyed the book, it kept my attention and it was my first audio-book in a long time, Now! Age wise, I don't know what I expected, more craziness but this was not that kind of book, but a good read overall most likely for a teen! If adapted into a movie...I would definitely watch! The narration was great, I was annoyed by the 6-year olds voice, I HATE BABY TALK! but good!

  • Caserina H.

    Great story, but what else could you expect from Stephen King. I loved all of the different voices the narrator incorporated into the story. It made the story come alive.

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